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of someone cutting up money might make you cringe. it's part of what they do here. i'm beth parker, behind the scenes is a bureau of engraving and printing. >>> and you know it's hard to believe, labor day weekend got here like that and. >> a cooldown coming. the forecast is next. yorbmo no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right. >> imagine a whole lot of cash. this money is mutilated, burned, shredded and nearly destroyed there is a special group of federal employees responsible for piecing it together. fox 5s beth parker shows us a part of the treasury department we rarely see. >> reporter: this man is cutting up a $100 bill, though he's not made of money b
are causing controversy. beth parker is live with more on what the president had to say. beth? >> reporter: well, shawn, the president might be washington's most famous parent, but his children don't attend d.c. public schools o. "the today show," a woman from florida asked obama a question getting to the point. she wanted to know if he thought his girls could get as good an education in the d.c. public schools as they get in private school. >> i'll be blunt with you, the answer is no right now. the d.c. public school systems are struggling. now, they have made important strides over the last several years to move in the direction of reform. >> right. >> and there are terrific individual schools in the d.c. system, and that is true, by the way n every city across the country. >> reporter: now, test scores have jumped significantly since 2007, when major reforms began in d.c., even so, less than half of the students in d.c. public schools are reading and doing math at grade level. dcps released a statement saying they're proud of their progress and promise it will continue. the obama girls
happen? beth parker has some answers at the d.c. board of elections. >> reporter: as you know, plenty of voters stayed up past midnight and did not know the outcome of d.c.'s mayoral primary. so here, at -- the man who would be d.c.'s next mayor is not impressed. >> was out and i visited many, many precincts yesterday. i saw the problems existing out there and there is a lot of work to be done. >> reporter: former secretary of the army and of veteran's affairs chairs the d.c. board of elections andeth ache -- ethics, speaking directly to critics and getting choked up. >> i have not encouraged anyone. you have not enhanced the chances of improvement. you have not meant honest and descent civil service. feel good about the jobs they're asked to take on. >> reporter: the board of elections executive director said that the counting fell behind schedule after the postpone in part because worker his trouble shutting down brand- new polling machines and this is the first election in d.c. with early voting and the first with same-day registration. >> there are three components. there
. beth parker shows us what some love and determination can do. >> reporter: kenny atwall and jeanine planned their dream wedding on the outer banks. they rented four houses, earl was following just behind them. >> when they called our house at 8:00 on the morning on wednesday and there was a message saying we had to get out. >> reporter: so they moved to another part of the outer banks, but they were forced to evacuate again and this time they headed home to charles county. however, they made good use of the time. >> so we were in the car on the way home from north carolina, 5.5 hours, planning the entire wedding. >> we called it the blackberry wedding because it all went down on the blackberry. >> reporter: they had to pull a lot of strings but they found a church, a bakery, and a place for the reception in one day. >> we got a call in the afternoon and it was an emergency situation. >> a cake emergency. >> cake emergency. >> reporter: debra taylor at charles street bakery don't know kenny and jeanine personally. >> i felt sorry for the bride. i figured she was going crazy. >> repor
to hurt you. they're a home owner's headache and a farmer's nightmare. here's beth parker with what we call stink bugs 101. >> reporter: at his office, brian duncan has a funny feeling that somebody's watching. >> it's creepy to be honest. i'm not the halloween kind of a guy. >> reporter: it's the brown stink bug, peeking through the blinds and eyeing up the pen collection. most on the outside looking in. >> we get all kinds of bugs and this is the first we have seen thousands of any kind. >> reporter: it's a native of china and first spotted in the u.s. in the mid-1990s in allentown, pennsylvania. this is the worst time of the year. y that sucking the juice from farmer's crops and invading homes and businesses. >> reporter: frankly, they lost count. >> they seem to congregate in the corners and they buzz around and annoy people. >> reporter: she works at a real estate and property management company. >> you can't stand long around here. >> they're hearing the buzz and hearing from clients when we asked exterminators whether to spray for them. they told us the same thing they told sue
only do so much. beth parker live at the scene of the tragedy. >> reporter: well, brian, if you look over my shoulder, you can see what is left of this town house on hager circle. investigators are working to figure out what started this fire. neighbors are trying to understand the horror of what they saw and heard. >> i hear somebody screaming. >> reporter: at the sound of those screams neighbors came rung. >> when i came out my door, i just saw yellow, and i just started rung. >> reporter: there were many what wanted to help. >> it was too much fire. it was everywhere. we couldn't even get in ourselves. >> reporter: they knew a woman and children were inside. as the town house burned that woman dropped a newborn out a second-story window and lowered two other children out to a man the kids describe as an uncle. >> i heard her screaming out, and he was screaming back to her when i got the baby. >> reporter: three children were saved. that baby, a six-year-old, and an eight. >> outside playing with all of them. they were lovely kids and she was really nice. >> if something was to hap
been a dozen robberies of iphone users. beth parker has more on what is going on. >> reporter: you can read about the new police warning here on your iphone and investigators don't recommend doing that in public. they have seen a string of robberies of iphone owners and one happened here on 19th street and off dupont circle. [ sirens ] >> they had a string of robberies where people's iphones are being taken. >> oh. that is crazy. are you serious? that scares me. >> reporter: even so, you don't have to look very hard to find people doing what police say they probably shouldn't. a lot of people feel comfortable walking around and talking on a cell phone. >> in the middle of the day? yeah, absolutely. [ sirens ] >> and like i want to put my phone away right now. i'm in georgetown, it's daylight. >> reporter: several robberies happened in georgetown mostly at night and others in dupont circle and shaw. in some cases, the criminal grabs the phone and in others, the person strikes up a conversation. >> hey, can i see the phone, do you mind if i mak
. fox 5's beth parker has the story. >> reporter: they may not look like much but they are tough. >> little tanks, you know, little armored tanks. i call them a lot of other names. >> reporter: the brown stinkbug is enemy number 1, not just at bob black's mountain orchard but for the university of maryland. >> the pest of most concern probably ever in my 20 years in extension. >> reporter: and the usda. >> we are very concerned. this test in a sense takes precedence over any other problem we have. >> reporter: they have all come together to try to help. you see, at bob black's orchard and thermot maryland the stinkbug has cost him 20% of his apple crop this year. >> big apple crop. 20% out of that, we have 80% to sell of great quality apples so we are in good shape but we don't want that to go to 30% damage next year. >> reporter: native to asia, this insect with the striped antenna appeared in the u.s. in the mid 1990s. tracey electricky made the first -- leske made the first detection in maryland in 2003. they have no natural predators since they are nonnative. >> as they are p
incidents in total, two last night and this time they pulled a gun. beth parker has more. >> reporter: one happened where i am standing. there is a bike and running path and that connects students and they use it as a short cut to campus and this trail pops them by is neighborhood where a lot of students live. the shortcuts used all the time. last night, it got ugly. i didn't see them coming. they ran up behind me and told me to go of them my cash. >> reporter: this 21-year-old said the suspect threatened to kill him. >> and i cooperated with what he said and gave him my cash. i didn't want problems. >> reporter: susan hopes her dog wards off criminals. last night's incident hits close to home. >> it's basically in our backyard. >> and -- >> right heria. gee yeah. >> i was not here last night. when i read the, mail, it was scary. and now that guns are involved. >> reporter: minutes later, audrey smith saw police cars in front of her house and her street is a mix of students and non-students. and sometimes there are ladies alone, they come in and go in their house and they want to feel safe
. beth parker takes us down on the farm where the dry conditions are already happening -- having an impact. >> this is perfect. >> my son read a book about berry picking and he's been begging to go. >> reporter: the flavor of a sweet red raspberry has jumped off the page and spotted -- popped into the mouth of the 3- year-old and rue day who is visiting butler's orchard. his mom is a gardener herself. >> all of my geraniums are dieing and i have to water them every day on. >> reporter: the butler family has been watering, too. the irrigation is laying the ground work for next year's strawberries. >> we need to get our strawberry plants nice and healthy this time of the year. they're making their fruit buds now in september and early october for next year's crop. >> reporter: in the places where they not watering, you see dry, cracked earth. and it's certainly not a situation where the crops are wiped out but there will be a reduced you'll. for example, a vine that would have had eight pumpkins on it will have five instead. butler's has 20 acres of pump kins. >> and there are pump
river. it's something that you couldn't see not too long ago. i'm beth parker and i will tell you what scientists say is making the difference. >>> and that sure is a great sign, beth. you know what? we're talking about big heat here again today into the mid- 90s and would you believe parts of this year could drop into the 50s tonight. cooler air is coming and you know what? tropical storm igor has formed. we have to talk about that and when the next chance of raits t >>> we'll see you then. keep it here, fox 5 news at 5 is getting started. d  >> the countdown continues, four days until the red skins meet the coy-- cowboys. will hainesworth take the field and what is mcnabb's status. >> reporter: we will start with the quarterback. who, thanks to a word scheduling quirk, will be playing the dallas cowboys for a third game in a row. when he was with the eagles, they played them in week 17 last year, the first round of the play-offs and this. it's never been done before. mcnabb gave everyone a scare in the second preseason game against the ravens on august 21
frantically tried to help people trapped inside a burning house. it happened in lorton. beth parker is live with more of this heartbreaking story. >> reporter: well, sean, a woman inside this town house helped three children, including a newborn get to. she probably saved the lives of those children but she could not get out herself. at first they didn't see the fire but they did hear the cries for help. >> it was entirely too much to hear the screams and lay there and ignore them. >> we went to the front door. we couldn't go in because the flame was so high and the thick, black smoke. and we went to the glass door. >> suddenly in her arms an eight-week-old baby. >> i grabbed the baby from them. he tried to go back in and he couldn't. >> reporter: an adult female was able to toss the baby out of a second-story window. >> i took them in, and i held the baby. >> reporter: but three other family members were trapped inside. >> she said, they're still in the house, you know, and we couldn't do anything. we couldn't get in. >> reporter: then neighbors say they heard several small explosions. >>
happen in an instant. in northwest tease, beth parker, fox 5 news -- while they're eating dinner so it can be happen in an instant. in northwest d.c., beth parker, fox 5 news. >>> it is just pre-season but it is never too early to drop the gloves. we've got caps highlights coming up.  hey stainbusters, my son loves pizza but this was a first - grease on his back ! i totally missed it, another shirt ruined. good thing the expertise of spray n' wash is combined with the power of resolve in our new in wash stain remover. only resolve has stainseekers. just treat the stains you see and add to the wash for the ones you miss. the stainseekers will find, penetrate and lift away the toughest stains. trust resolve. forget stains. >>> would says the preseason doesn't moon a thing. caps and bruins went toe to toe last night and fist to fist in this case where dy king shows he is in mid-season form pummeling shawn thornton. game tied at one here and caps go on to beat boston 3-6789. >>> skin new quarterback with plenty of incentive this week. the skins will play this week. d
state offices because i like doing everything online. >> reporter: that's open 24/7. in virginia, beth parker, fox 5 news. >> the news tonight is far from over. >> the news edge at 11 starts right now. [ music ] >>> this is fox 5 news edge at 11. >> the news edge on two disaster relief missions in our area tonight. we are talking about animals rescued from horrible conditions and brought to our area to be nursed back to health. thanks for staying up with us. i'm will thomas. >> and i'm maureen umeh. one was taken from animal testing medical lab and the others from a dog fighting ring. >> reporter: this is undercover video taken by peta in a lab at gates county, north carolina. watch for yourself. peta says the video shows workers mistreating cats, dogs, even rabbits. after this video was released the department of agriculture launched an investigation and the lab released the animals. some of them were brought to the washington animal rescue league. >> this is the case of about 200 animals in north eastern and north carolina and just a horrific medical research lab. >> reporter: saturd
elementary. beth parker shows us how the parents think the tree is a danger to their kids. >> reporter: a snap of a branch, and you can see this tree is dead. >> it's on the way down. >> reporter: that's what scares james mcdowell, his wife and three kids. >> what worries me is all of our babies and children in this neighborhood that's actually going to be walking through here on a daily basis. >> reporter: parents say the tree used to stand parallel with the utility pole next to it, just on the edge of school property. as you can see, now the tree is leaning. >> oh, my god. it's horrible. it's dangerous. >> you have a potential tragic situation on your hands. we need to be proactive and not reactive. >> if that tree falls on my kids, i would not be happy. >> reporter: steps away there's a hydrant that parents say has been leaking about six weeks. >> that's not a good mix with a live wire and water. >> reporter: parents say there's another safety hazard too because the tree is blocked off with its th yellow caution tape, the kids have to step off the road and back onto the sidewalk to
employees responsible for piecing it all back together. fox 5's beth parker shows us part of the treasury department we rarely ever see. >> reporter: this man is cutting up $100 bills. he's not made of money, but he does work where they make money. this is the bureau of engraving and printing's mutilated currency division. examiner sharon williams is opening a box of money burned in an armored truck fire. >> what i do is try to pull them out. >> reporter: people send their damaged money here in hopes of getting it replaced. this purse with hardened stacks of old money was sent in by an individual. >> when my grand mother passed away, he found it buried in the corner of the barn. >> reporter: sometimes it's accidentally shredded. looks like a puzzle. >> exactly, jigsaw all day. >> reporter: every day they roll in a cartful of new cases here at the mutilated currency division. most of it arrives through the u.s. postal service. in a typical year they'll return $25 million to individuals and businesses. >> we'll get the elderly woman that's so grateful for the service because she's on a limi
sight and in some parts of western maryland they have already caused massive damage. fox 5's beth parker has that story. >> reporter: they may not look like much but they're tough. >> little armored tanks. i call them a lot of other names i can't put on camera. >> reporter: the brown marmarated stink bug sen any no. 1. >> the pest of most -- is enemy no. 1. >> the pest of most concern. >> reporter: and the usda. >> we are very concerned. this pest takes precedence over any other problem that we have. >> reporter: they have all come together to try to help. at bob black's orchard in thurmont maryland the stink bug infestation has cost him 20% of his apple crop this year and for some people it's much worse. >> we have 80% to sell of great quality apples, so we're in great shape, but we don't want that to maybe go to 30% damage next year. >> reporter: native to asia this insect with a striped antenna appeared in the u.s. in the mid-1990s. tracy leske made the first detection in maryland if 2003. they have no natural predators. >> as they are reproducing there's nothing attacking them. >> re
these collisions accidents, because the crashes involved distracted drivers. beth parker is live in northwest with more on the growing danger. beth? >> reporter: you do not have to stand out here along wisconsin avenue for very long before you spot somebody who is driving and talking on a cell phone or driving and texting. each year now in this country more than 5400 people are killed and close to a half million injured in car crashes involving distracted drivers. maryland native heather herd was on her way to meet her wedding planner when a tractor trailer driver slammed into her car. >> she was tempt messages while driving an 80,000-pound tractor- trailer. >> reporter: her parents live in maryland but they are working to spread the message nationwide. they know that texting while driving kills. >> everyone has a person in their life, it could be a grandson or child or husband or wife and someone you love, and to realize that you could lose them forever for something as ridiculous as sending a text message or answering a phone call. >> reporter: herd started the distracted driving summit. ra
, beth parker, fox 5 news. >> and i ran over immediately to figure out where the case of wine was. >> i know. >> and that looks like they'll be fine. >> that will be great. >> and hot to be picking grapes. >> 99 degrees. >> yeah. >> and isn't that insane? it's not that humid and that feels like the southwest heat. it's wrong. we need a cooldown and rain and a soaking rain by the way, is now in the forecast and we have good news to tell you about. we broke records everywhere, needles to say, 99 at reagan national and dills, 97; bwi, 95 degrees and i want to run through the weather headlines, they're about records and today is the 65th day we're at or above 90 in 2010 and 67 is the record set and it's doable, although not in the next stretch of days. this is also been the warmest summer on record and second warmest spring on record and, of course, let's not forget about last winter and that is -- 2010 featured a lot of extremes for us and we're about to get relief in the temperature department and rain is on the way, too. 94 degrees right now. as we lose the sun, we're going to see them g
go out of my way to help. >> that is open 24/7 n. virginia, beth parker, fox 5 news. >> -- . >> days passed. >> yeah. >> and the high was 84 degrees and we'll full quickly. and shocking when you go outside. >> i know. >> and hate to see it slipping away and on a cool night, it's see enjoyable and that will be another real comfortable night as mainly clear skies and had a deck of clouds and a blowoff from some of the storms that they had and in the kept city area, may be you saw that last night and we could use the rain here and that is not in the cars for us and we'll have another cool evening. and wednesday looks delightful, september is delivering for us and we have a new storm and we have igor, julia and carl. we have a chance of a few showers in the forecast and looks like friday morning and not looking as good as yesterday and we need some rain and terribly dry around here. cooler than yesterday. dulles, 81; bwi marshal, 80 and mostly in the 70s at this hour and frederick is hanging in there at 81. fredericksburg, 82; d.c., 77; cooler near the water and baltimore at 76 degrees a
and a sign that people who enjoy the potomac may be also hurting it. beth parker, fox5 news. >>> the news keeps coming. here's brian bolter with the news edge at 11:00. >>> staying on top of that developing story right off the top tonight. an out of control car careens into a d.c. restaurant after hitting two people. it happened on florida avenue northwest. wisdom martin has been on the scene all night and has the very latest updates from the scene. wisdom. >> reporter: that car is still here on the scene crashed in front of that restaurant. the investigators are still at the intersection, and it's shut down trying to determine why that car crashed into the restaurant. at 8:45 tonight, when they got a call about an accident at 18th and hugh street, they said the driver of that white car, lost control, crashed into two female pedestrians who were walking. those female pedestrians were in their 20s before crashing into the restaurant. both victims were transported, one with serious life-threatening injuries, the other with serious non-life-threatening injuries. the driver of the car remaine
. they were evacuated. beth parker is live now with more. you witnessed this firsthand. >> reporter: we did, shawn, and this is something that will stick with me for a long time and watching the cribs rolled with the kids in them and another image, the mother struggling with the unknown. >> okay. plough please. >> reporter: a parent terrified and not willing to take a police officer's word that her child is okay. he had to see for himself, too. >> and -- >> from the moment the phone rang, murray was rushing. >> my wife called me, she was walking into the building and there was a hostage situation in the lobby and a lot of people were helping out. >> reporter: strangers cleared a path for cribs carrying babies as the day care center was evacuated, unknowing children riding long through the chaos that surrounded them. that day care center is on the lower floor of the building in that area where the blue mural is and the website thasaid that day care center accommodates 90 kids and we're happy to report that all of them got out safely. >> back to you. >> thank you. >>> and a lot of parents can
thinks people may not realize what they pack in their suitcase could pose a danger to others. beth parker, folk 5 news. >> and in case you're considering going this, you can be soothed for failing to declare prohibited items and it can be as much as $1,000. >>> and still inching. >>> police stumble -- still itches. >>> police claim they busted an organized crime rate and the secret service is taking charge of this case and here's more. >> reporter: hotel guests were there when officers moved in. >> the police open the door and rush in. he was giving them a hard time and making noise. >> reporter: investigators were looking for holloway on an outstanding warrant and they tracked him to this howard johnson's inn. the detectives say they could smell marijuana in the room. >> and once the smoke cleared, investigators realized they found something more sinister. >> that disturbs me a bit. >> reporter: the secret service was called in to investigate what appeared to be an organized identity theft organization. they found four laptops used to file fake returns and found a stack. >> if you don't
there is a special group of federal employees responsible for piecing it all back together. 's beth parker shows us a part of the treasury department we rarely see. >> this man is cutting it up $100 bill. no, he is not made of money but he does work where they make money. this is the bureau of engraving and printing mutilated currency division. examiner sharon williams is opening a box of money burned in an armored truck fire. >> so what i do is try to pull them out and separate the notes. record people send their damaged money here in hopes of getting it replaced. this purse with hardened stacks of old money was sent in by an individual. >> when the grandmother passed away he was cleaning out the barn and found it buried in the corner of the barn there. >> sometimes it's definitely shredded. >> so it's like a puzzle? >> like a jigsaw every day. >> reporter: they roll in new cases of the mutilated currency division. in a typical year they will return $25 million to individuals and businesses. >> there was the elderly woman that is so grateful for the service because she is on a limited income. and
into the country through dulles international airport. beth parker reports on this unusual fine. >> reporter: how would you like to sit next to these guys? they giant african snails. >> not every day you see that into the country. >> and 14 of them showed up on an x ray at customs at driving under the influence international -- dulles international airport over the weekend. first, a female passenger travelling from gaa said she had nothing to declare. >> gave them an opportunity to changeta verbally and they declared yes. >> reporter: kevin homes works for u.s. customs and border protect, the chief agriculture specialist at dulles and said they see snails from time to time. >> they sually cooked or out of the shell. >> reporter: this time, they were wrapped in a plastic bag with knee breathing holes and most survived. >> the resill yes, yes. >> reporter: customs wants to keep them out of the united states because they're known to cause economic damage and you see they destroy contributes and eat more than 500 different types of plants. >> they do feed on pear, papaya, cabbage, lettuce and oranges
. as beth parker shows us, the governor will now decide if this idea is a go. >> reporter: a flick of the switch could save money. virginia governor bob mcdonnell may give state employees a four- day workweek. >> i wish i could do that. >> that is four 10-hour days, fridays off. >> what it is supposed to prove? >> they are saying it would save money. >> yeah, right. i don't believe it. >> reporter: in richmond, the department of planning and budget estimates it would save about $3 million, half it in energy costs. state of utah implemented a four-day workweek in 2008. they didn't save as much as predicted but they did save. a spokesman for the state of utah told me when they implemented a four-day workweek, they were surprised to see they saved money in overtime. their theory is when people are working the longer day, they are watching the clock and after the minutes tick by and their time is over, they're ready to go. >> we actually work an extra hour during the summer so we get out a half day on friday. >> people get really tired and cranky, particularly in government service. >>
long ago. i'm beth parker. i'll tell you what scientists say is making the difference. >>> also, another check on your commute as we look at the 14th street bridge and a cooler forecast than we've seen the last couple of days. it is now 5:41. to me a great fashion story is about taking what's out there and making it work for my readers. at the magazine, i'm all about helping them get the looks for less. that's t.j.maxx. my assistant says, "isn't that all last season's fashions?" no way! t.j.maxx works deals directly with designers. that's how they can do it. this full-time fashionista... is really a maxxinista! t.j.maxx. let us make a maxxinista out of you! >>> wear back at 15 minutes until 6:00 on this thursday more than. way off in the distance, you see the capitol dome and we are to have a nice start today feeling a lot like fall. take a look at this dramatic video. this is ride-on bus on fire in silver spring. that bus was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. thankfully, nobody was on the bus. we don't know yet exact hi how the fire started. >>> here is a 400-pound
. in recent works there have been at least a dozen robberies of iphones. beth parker explains what's going on. >> reporter: you can read about the warning on your iphone but investigators don't recommend doing that in public. they've seen a string of robberies of iphone owners. one of them happened right here on 19th street just off dupont circle. [siren] >> they've had a string of robberies where people's iphones are being taken. >> oh that's crazy. are you serious? that scares me. >> reporter: even though you don't have to look very hard to find people doing what police say they probably shouldn't. a lot of people feel comfortable walking around and talking on a cell phone. >> sure, in the middle of the day? yeah, absolutely. >> like i want to put my phone away right now, but i'm in georgetown, it's daylight. >> reporter: several of these robberies happened in georgetown, mostly at night, others in dupont circle and shaw. in some cases, the criminal just grabs the phone. in others, the person strikes up a conversation. >> hey, can i see the phone? do you mind if i make a phone call and take
beth parker shows us what some love and determination can do. >> reporter: kenny atwell and jeanine planned their dream wedding on the water by a lighthouse in the outer banks. family and friends rented four houses. earl was following just behind them. >> they called our house at 8:00 in the morning wednesday there was a message saying the island was evacuated, mandatory. >> reporter: so they moved to another part of the outer banks, but they were forced to evacuate again and this time they headed home to charles county. however, they made good use of the time. >> so we were in the car on the way home from north carolina 5 1/2 hours, planned the entire wedding. >> we call it the blackberry wedding because it all went down on the blackberry. >> reporter: they had to pull a lot of strings, but in one day they found a church, a bakery and a place for the reception. >> we got a call in the afternoon and it was an emergency situation. >> a cake emergency. >> cake emergency. >> reporter: debra taylor, a charles street bakery -- at charles street bakery doesn't know the couple personally.
shared their stories. fox 5's beth parker reports. >> reporter: maryland native heather hurd was on her way to meet her wedding plan irwhen a tractor trailer driver slammed into her -- planner when a tractor trailer driver slammed into her car. he was text messaging. her parents live in maryland but are working to spread their message nationwide. they know texting while driving kills. >> everyone has a heather in their life. it may not be a daughter or son. it could be a grandchild or husband or wife, but someone you love with all your heart and to realize that you could lose them forever because of something as ridiculous as sending a text message or a phone call, people need to realize that. >> reporter: the hurds attended the u.s. department of transportation's distracted driving summit. transportation secretary ray lahood said texting and driving is an epidemic. >> if you're looking down at your texting device for four to five seconds, you drive the length of a football field. in a 4,000-pound unguided missile. >> reporter: just outside the summit on ninth street northwest. [ honkin
at fox 5 and tonight tind the makeup is in trouble again. fox 5's beth parker has the latest. >> reporter: a colorful photo and wide smile kids around d.c. know him as fonzi the clown. to law enforcement he is alfonzo pittman and for at least the fourth time pittman has been charged with a sex offense. new court documents say the victim is a 14-year-old girl. she accuses pittman of assaulting her inside his business on kennedy street northwest. the teenager says this past june pittman placed both his hands up the front of her dress. the court paper goes on to say that pittman reached into his pocket, got out some money and asked the 14-year-old how much are you worth? the court documents say the teen talked about the incident with her godmother who reported it to police. >> i'm looking for mr. pittman. >> reporter: a person at pittman's business. fonzie the clown and balloons incorporated told fox 5 it's been a little while since he's seen pittman. the reason nobody has seen alfonzo pittman around his place of business lately is he spent the last three weeks here at the d.c. jail. eugenia
fox 5's beth parker takes us town on the farm where the -- down on the farm where the dry conditions are already having an impact. >> this one is perfect. >> my son read a book about berry picking, so he's just been begging to go. >> reporter: the flavor of a sweet red raspberry has jumped off the page and popped into the mouth of 3-year-old andrew day. he's visiting butler's orchard. andrew's mom katherine is a gardener herself. >> my geraniums are dying and i have to water them every day on the porch. >> reporter: the butler family has been watering, too much the irrigation you see here is laying the groundwork for next year's strawberries. >> we really need to get our strawberry plants nice and healthy this time of year because they're making their fruit buds now in september and early october for next year's crop. >> reporter: in the places where they aren't watering you see dry cracked earth. it's certainly not a situation where the crops are wiped out, but there will be a reduced yield. for example, a vine that would have had eight pumpkins on it will now have five instead. but
, but as fox 5's beth parker reports, no one was monitoring him. >> reporter: d.c. kids know him as fonzie the clown, a popular entertainer at children's birthday parties, but this woman says her 15th birthday was not a happy occasion. she says family friend alphonzo pittman fondled her. >> he felt on me and i said no, you're not going to do this. >> reporter: the court acquitted pittman. in her 2003 case his supporters said all along he is innocent. seven years later the woman said she has just finished college and is working to put all of this behind her. >> i had nine miserable whole years just thinking he was coming back to get me. >> reporter: court records show pittman was also acquitted of third degree sex offense in 1998, a different case with another accuser. in 2006 he was convicted of misdemeanor child sex offense in d.c. he spent time in a halfway house and was sentenced to five years' probation but kept right on working as a clown. turns out the paperwork in that case never made it from the courts to the court services and offenders supervision agency. that's d.c.'s parole and
. >>> recognize this guy? he's a brown marmalated stink bug. maybe they've shown up at your house. i'm beth parker. i'll tell you all about them coming up. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] bursting with mouth-watering real fruit and refreshingly blended with creamy, low-fat yogurt. mcdonald's new strawberry banana and wildberry smoothies are 100% pure sipping fun. the simple joy of real fruit smoothies. ♪ n right here in this neighborhood, i grew up learning strong families and hard work means opportunity. and that starts with good schools. it's a tradition here in maryland-- and why in these tough times i've put education first. we've made record investments in our classrooms... doubled the number of charter schools... and we've frozen college tuition for four years in a row. and it's working. experts say we now have the number one schools in the nation. when it comes to expanding opportunity in every neighborhood, i know that we must do even better. >>> the washington nationals won on the field tonight. off the field the team is suffering a major loss. >> the top exec in the organization is steppi
beth parker reports on the unusual find. >> reporter: how would you like to sit next to these guys on an international flight? they're giant african snails. >> not every day you see that coming into the country. >> reporter: but 14 of them showed up on an x-ray at customs at dulles international airport over labor day weekend. at first the female passenger traveling from fauna said she had nothing to -- ghana said she had nothing to declare. >> we gave them an opportunity to change that declaration verbally and they said yes. >> reporter: the chief agriculture specialist at dulles says they see snails from time to time. >> a lot of times they've been cooked or boiled usually out of the shell, but this time they were still alive in the shell. >> reporter: this time they were wrapped in a plastic bag with no breathing holes, but most of the snails survived. >> they're resilient. >> reporter: customs wants to keep these snails out of the united states because they're known to cause economic damage. they destroy crops. in fact, they eat more than 500 different types of plants. >> they
owners and a nightmare for farmers. beth parker has more. >> reporter: at his office in urbana maryland, brian duncan has this funny feeling that somebody is watching. >> it is kind of creepy. >> it is the brown stink bug. they are peeking through the binds and eyeing up the pen collection. most are on the outside looking in. >> we get all kinds of bugs, okay. but this is the first time we've ever seen thousands of bugs of any kind. >> reporter: the brown stinkbug is a native of china. it was first spotted in the u.s. in the mid 1990s in allentown, pennsylvania. this is the worst year so far in the mid-atlantic. these stinkbugs with the striped antenna are sucking the juice from farmer's crops. they've lost count. >> they seem to conjugate in the corners and they just buzz around and annoy people as they are walking up the aisle. >> reporter: sue snyder work at a real estate and property management company. >> you can't stand still too long around here. >> they're herring the buzz and hearing from clients. when we asked exterminators whether to spray for
. >> reporter: -- darn things, people. >> reporter: beth parker, fox 5 news. >>> thanks so much for joining us. the news continues now. here's brian bolter with the news edge at 11:00. >> fire tears through a neighborhood in 7 level ising three huge homes and damaging several -- a virginia neighborhood leveling three homes and damaging several others. the flames broke out this afternoon on tillett loop and manassas leaving charred piles of debris behind. fox 5's bob barnard live at the scene with the latest. >> reporter: eight hours after the first flames were spotted fire crews are still here and working, the remains of three houses here still smoldering and they just put some water on some of these smoking spots a short time ago. in the middle there where it's believed this thing started, that house burned to the ground. this view from sky fox shows you the devastating nature of this fire, three homes side by side up in flames, scores of firefighters virtually powerless to stop it before the damage was done. investigators believe the fire started in the middle house, then quickly spread in b
followed here at fox 5 and now the man behind the make- up is in trouble again. fox 5's beth parker has the latest. >> a colorful photo and i wide smile. kids around d.c. know him as fonzie the clown. to law enforcement, he was alfonso pitman. he has been charged with a sex offense. new court documents say the victim is a 14-year-old girl. she accused pitman of assaulting her inside his business on kennedy street northwest. the teenager says this past june, pitman, quote, placed both his hands up the front of her dress. the court papers go on to say that pitman reached into his pocket, got out some money and asked the 14-year-old. the teen talked about the incident with her godmother who reported it to the police. a spokesman said it has been a while since he has seen pittman. the reason nobody as seen him around the place of business is he spent the last three weeks here at the d.c. jail. >> i felt like it was my fault. >> reporter: the prince george's county state's attorney's office chose to prosecute the case but a jury found pittman not guilty n 2006, he was convicted of misdemeano
deserve. beth parker, fox 5 news. >> the president did say that there are some terrific individual public schools in the district and in cities all across america. former president jimmy carter was the last president to accepted his children tie public school in washington. >>> we have much more straight ahead. we'll take a look at your wet weather, your traffic and all your top stories as fox 5 morning news at 4:30 begins now. >>> it is a wet tuesday morning. thank you for joining us early. tucker is in now to tell us about this weather that we're dealing with. yesterday, we had quite a bit of heavy rain. i came in 67 miles from west into the district and ran into just a few showers. >> well, we have more on the way. yesterday, we had tornado warnings. we had some problems across some of the area. others did not have any problems. some extremely heavy rain pushing up through front royal, cull pep eric leesburg, reston, you are right on the edge of it. you get the idea there, moving from south to red. you see the dark yellows and reds. we have a flash flood watch in effect for locally hea
to open the store come october. >>> somebody tried to sneak t s beth parker has more. >> reporter: how would you like to sit next to these guys on an incident flat night, they are giant african smiles. fourteen of them showed up on an x-ray at cuss testimonies at dulles international airport over labor day weekend. at first the female passenger traveling from ghana said she had nothing to declare. >> we gave them an opportunity to change that declaration verbally and they declared yes. >> kevin holmes says she see nails from time to time. >> a lot of times, they've been cooked or boiled and they are usually out of the shell. this time, they were in the shells. >> reporter: customs wants to keep these shells out of the yait because they are known to cause economic damage. they destroy crops. in fact, they eat more than 500 different types of plants. >> they to feed on pear, papaya, cabbage, lettuce and oranges. >> reporter: holmes says the snails were destroyed. on a busy day 10,000 people pass through customs at dulles. holmes says they routinely seize food and plants. >> we take it ve
public education in the district. and beth parker is live with ri more on the answer. beth? >> reporter: perhaps president e obama ruffled a few filters today. the -- feathers today toand thet resellity is that he said something speople knew already a reflorida woman appearing on nbcs "today show" hit the president t with the toughest a simplest question of the day. >> i wanted to know whether or not you think that melia and a sasha would get the same high-h quality, rigorous education in a d.c. public n school as compared to their very elite private academy itthat they're r attending now? >> i'll be blunt with you. g the answer yois no right now. the nod.c. public school system are struggling. li now, they have made important rt strides over the last several years to move in the evdirectio of reform. >> reporter: over the ctorpast three years, the d.c. secondary schools, ndmath proficiency jumped iefrom 27 to 43% and reading proficiency from an29 t 43%. the obama children go to 43a private school about where he tuition is $31,000 this year, a different situation for many urban public
offense. beth parker has the latest. >> reporter: a colorful photo and a wide smile, kids around d.c. know him as fonzi the clown. to law enforcement he isal offenseo pitman and for at least the fourth time -- he is alfonso pittman and has been charged for a fourth time. a 14-year-old girl accused pitt mabman -- pittman of assaulted her. he claimed to place both hands up the front of her dress. the court papers go on to say that pitt man reached into his pocket and gout out some money and asked the 14-year-old how much she was. she talked about the incident with her god mother who reported to to police. a person at his business told fox 5 said it's been a while since they've seen pittman. >> reporter: and the reason he hasn't seen him around his place of business is that he's seen him the last few weeks here in the jail. and one person said when she was 13 pittman fondled her. >> i felt deadened, like it was my fault. >> reporter: prosecutors prosecuted the case but pittman was found not guilty. he was convicted of misdemeanor sex abuse. he was on probation from that case when the latest a
on everybody in virginia. and as beth parker shows us, the governor will decide if this idea is a go. >> reporter: a flick of the switch could save money. virginia governor bob mcdonnell may give state employees a four- day workweek. >> i wish i could do that. >> reporter: that's four ten- hour days and fridays off. >> what is that supposed to prove. >> they said it would save money. >> yeah, right. i don't buy that. >> reporter: in richmond, the department of planning and budget estimate it's would save $3 million, half in energy costs. state of utah implemented a four-day workweek in 2008. they didn't save as much as predicted but they did save. a spokesperson from utah said they were surprised to see they saved money in overtime. they're theory is when people are working a longer day they are watching the clock and after the minutes tick by and their time is over, they're ready to go. >> we actually work an extra hour during the summer so we get out half day on friday. and i don't want to say any time after the 9 hours we are there on the week. >> people get cranky. particularly i
of damage. beth parker has the story. >> reporter: they may not look like much but they're tough. >> little tanks, you can call them that. a call them a lot of other names i can't put on camera. >> the brown stinkbug is enemy number one. for the university of maryland -- >> the pests of most concern in probably my 20 years in extension. >> this takes precedence over any other problem we have. >> the stinkbug has cost bob 20% of his apple crop this year and for some people, it's been much worse. >> a big apple crop this year. 20% out of that, 80% to sell of great quality apples. we don't want to to maybe go to 30% damage next year. >> native to asia, this insect and in the u.s. in the mid 1990s. the first tea text was in maryland in twoaght. they have no natural predators. >> as they are reproducing, there is nothing attacking them. >> reporter: and they are feasting. >> it feeds on almost everything we grow. >> reporter: they don't burro through like a warm. they suck the juice, sort of like drinking from a straw. >> they suck the juice out of the cells so that dries up and makes a spot th
things being people. >> this is the only kind of stinkbug brian duncan wants in his office. beth parker, fox 5 news. >>> it is 5:00 on this friday, september 24th, 2010 as we take a look at the beltway this morning. traffic moving along quite well. we'll get a check of your weather and traffic here in just a moment. good morning. i'm sarah simmons in for gurvir dhindsa. >> i'm steve chenevey. thank you for being with us on this friday morning. traffic looking okay. so far, so good. temperatures warming up. >> i'm not ready yet. >> you are about five feet shorter. >> i was having microphone problems and now some cherishes. >> good to see you. >> get ready for a hot run. maybe a record-setting day in term of our heat here in the wash area. a warm start to the day with temperatures in the 70s. right now, here in the district, it is 74 degrees. baltimore at 71 degrees. patuxent naval air station, 69 degrees. ocean city, 73. here a look at the satellite- radar composite for the region. skies are mostly clear except for some fog. some of that fog is thick. it is primarily in eastern portions
's time to pick the games, but their work, just a little tough they are year. as fox 5's beth parker shows us they, too, are battling a bug, the stink bug. >> these grapes are probably the best i've ever seen grapes. >> reporter: sweet juicy grapes in the warm maryland sun. brothers eric and anthony allen rung linenore wine cellulars established in 1976. their dad maybe wine in the basement. this year they're battling something dad never had to deal with. >> i said oh, my god, look at all these bugs on it. what the heck is this? >> reporter: he would soon learn it's the brown mortgage laided stink bug. >> you open -- brown marmaladed stink bug. >> you open up a door and 15 fly in your house. it's really bizarre. i really never worried about it any other year. >> reporter: luckily the damage is minor, just a few wrinkled dried up grapes. >> that is a chance that that is stink bug damage. >> reporter: eric is in charge of growing the grapes and anthony is in charge of making the wine. that means this year eric is under more pressure than to ever make sure any critters that are out here don't
. >>> now some virginia nonprofits are getting a boost they really didn't anticipate. fox 5's beth parker tells us it's coming from an unexpected place. >> reporter: jerry mcclard is days from turning 65 putting his life in order, giving some money to charity. in fact, there are places -- they're places he thinks saved his life. >> if i hadn't lived here, i might not be talking to you today. >> reporter: jerry is homeless. since february of 2002 he's lived here at the winchester rescue mission. jerry does the laundry and answers the phone. he's saved up money from his social security checks. now he's donating $1,000 to the mission, $1,000 to the nonprofit community coalition action project and $500 to a free clinic. >> he had the opportunity, could he have done whatever he wanted with -- he could have done whatever he wanted with that, but his heart told him to give it where it's most needed. >> reporter: some of the money jerry donated will go to this program. the idea is for men who come to the mission and need help to be able to come here to this warehouse and learn a trade. >> just gi
workweek. >> it sounds pretty good, right? but it does have an impact. and as fox 5's beth parker shs
's children deserve. beth parker, fox 5 news. >> the president did say there are some terrific individual public schools in d.c. and in cities all across america. president jimmy carter was the last president to send his kids to a public school in washington. >>> there is tragic news this morning surrounding the man who owned the company that makes the segway. stay withus. .an th.ou >>> a claim that the u.s. conducted an industrial sabotage on one. its allies following a cybertax on iran's nuclear power station. the tax happened just week before the nuclear staying was set to open. iran says the power plant's computer software was hit by a viral worm capable of exposing top secret information. iran is trying to downplay the situation but unexpert says the virus is infecting about 60% of the computers including those at the nuclear plant. >>> the man would bought the company that makes the segway was found dead after apparently falling off of a cliff while riding one of the two-wheeled scooters. british police found the body of james heselden. >>> the
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